a revised draft by Mandy Macdonald

after millennia

and millennia of watching

and wondering

where she’d gone wrong


went back to the idea she’d had

at the very beginning


and when she spotted the first

inquisitive simian

in its sun-shot edenic jungle

painfully curving its spine back

in the wrong direction

forcing its pivoting hip-joints

to bear an unnatural load

just to get at a particularly

rosyjuicy fruit without

having to climb


she rewrote the plan

stirred the gene cauldron

stamped them all out

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